Sustainable living

Easy Steps to Reduce your Carbon Footprint

If you have been considering reducing your carbon footprint or looking into ways you can live more eco-friendly, then it is worth bearing in mind that even the smallest swaps can be beneficial. It is all about making sustainable changes that you can follow through with the day after and to be consistent in your efforts and not be allured by the throwaway culture that the West has become renowned for.

Steps to Reduce your Carbon Footprint

When looking at what your carbon footprint is made up of, it is a collection of activities you do in your life and are created to fulfil a need that causes greenhouse gases to be expelled into the environment. Or simply put your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the air by your actions. In many cases, a lot of this carbon dioxide can be counterbalanced or reduced by making small changes to your lifestyle.

While there are no best ways to become eco-friendly, all changes matter, there are some suggestions that can help you get started on the right track to reducing your carbon footprint at home and in life when out and about.

Reuse and Recycle

Reallocating things you don’t need as opposed to simply throwing them away will help you reduce your waste and have a huge impact on your local environment. Head to Pinterest to see how everyday household objects can be reutilised into different things around the home or garden.

If you have to buy new, consider opting for recycled furniture such as recycled plastic garden furniture that is made from other items that have been previously discarded or become unfit for purchase. If you have no use for an item be it furniture or clothing at all then donating to local charity shops or organisations will be able to find a use for items instead just throwing them away.

Utilities

Using less energy around the home such as gas, electricity and water will not only save on your bills but also benefit the environment too. Add layers to your home to reduce heat escaping through doors and windows but adding rugs to hard flooring, curtains over windows and doors and adding blankets and cushions to rooms where people like to sit and relax.

Collect water in water butts or tanks to use for tasks such as watering plants, washing the car etc. Taking showers over bath can help you to conserve water as will avoiding washing dishes under running water and as dishes become finished with. Lower the temperature on your thermostat to reduce heating bills and try to set a timer so as not to waste heat on an empty home or when it isn’t needed.

Shop Local

By swapping your shopping habits to more local stores and sellers, you can reduce the impact your purchase has thanks to reducing the travel time of products to you. Another benefit of shopping local is that you are supporting smaller businesses and putting back into the economy and your local area too. From shopping at local greengrocers and butchers to local creators and coffee shops.

How You Travel

Not everyone can afford to swap their car for a more eco-friendly model but reducing how often you travel by car or even car sharing can cut your carbon footprint dramatically over the course of a year. Going on foot for shorter journeys is more economical for the environment and your finances. If you still need to take car journeys look closely at how you drive and lay off the gas a little bit. Drive slower, ease into your speeds and cut down on how much you use your car’s heating and air conditioning system too.

Change Your Diet

Food can travel many miles before it reaches our plates. While thoughts are still changing on what constitutes a more eco-friendly diet, it is still widely considered that a vegan diet is the best diet to follow. Failing this, vegetarian and pescatarian diets are better for the environment than a carnivorous diet.

Reducing your meat intake, especially red meat is also a good way to reduce your carbon footprint. This is partly due to the processes involved in getting red meat to your plate and due to the grazing habits of cows and the amount of methane gas they produce.

Shopping at local farms for your potatoes, fruits, vegetables and eggs will also help reduce your food mileage and impact how much of a mark you leave on the world due to your lifestyle.

Top 5 Remarkable Reasons Why Everyone Should Purchase Eco-friendly Products

Gone are the days when shopping seamed impulse-driven as well as materialistic. The good news is that more people are embracing the green movement in their daily lives, including while going shopping for various items. Using eco-friendly products is quite beneficial to both the environment and one who is using it. One must support their surrounding by having products that get built to last. Here are remarkable reasons why everyone should buy eco-friendly products.

Why Everyone Should Purchase Eco-friendly Products

Saves money

Buying and using natural green products plays a massive role in keeping some extra cash. It’s often noticeable when using devices that save on energy. There are numerous benefits of green homes than one could imagine.

You also get to use a product that fulfills its purpose as eco-friendly products get built to last.

Better for the surrounding

Whenever you are purchasing an ethically durable product, you are playing a huge role in conserving the environment. Eco-friendly products are often long-lasting, thus leads to minimal wastage. As a result, the landfills won’t get filled quickly, and there will be minimal pollution.

Eco-friendly products that use renewable materials play a significant role is slashing the ecological footprint. It ultimately leads to a sustainable lifestyle.

No harming the environment

Everyone has a different product requirement to lead a healthy life. There are various products that one can’t do without, and they include clothes, foods, cosmetics, among others. However, as one consumes these products, it doesn’t mean the environment has to suffer. Consuming organic products enables one to leave a healthy lifestyle. No worries about the deadly exposure to toxic pesticides.

As the farmer relies on organic manure and natural techniques of farming, the soil is free from harmful chemicals that would deplete its natural nutrients. Thus, the environment is well protected whenever one can opt for eco-friendly products.

Prepare a better future for the upcoming generation

One must strive within their power to take care of the environment. It will save the next production and make it a better place to live in always. Green products conserve the environment and reduce the rate of global warming as well as carbon footprint.

It’s essential to remember that the earth is for the children to live and inherit. Why not leave it a better place than you found it? Its time to embrace the green movement.

Feel better about your purchase

Once a person makes a purchase, there’s often a sense of fulfilment or regret that may follow them. You ought to strive to purchase a product that you are excited about each time you look at it.

Purchasing an eco-friendly product is an excellent alternative to getting a lasting product that reduces the general household wastage. It makes the earth greener and a better place to dwell.

Green living is the new normal in today’s society. It is because of the numerous benefits attached to sustainable living. To participate in this, you ought to start with your purchases. You can buy several organic products to use in your everyday life. In the process, you get to have zero wastage, cruelty-free as well as eco-friendly products that are ethical and sustainable.

Sustainable living swaps

To continue with my sustainable living, I have kindly been sent some items to share with you. I have spoken about becoming more suitable quite a lot recently and abut the items we can use to protect our environment. 

Health and beauty

We use them everyday, but a toothbrush is something that isn’t wonderful for our environment. Made completely of plastic and something that should be changed monthly. So in our house that’s 48 tooth brushes per year that we are throwing away. It’s now possible to use wooden eco-friendly brushes, they might cost a little bit more but in the long run they will help the environment. These little wooden brushes come from The Humble Brush. and lovely little eco friendly company. I have been using mine for a couple of weeks and I’m really happy with the way it cleans my teeth and the condition it still in.

Cleaning between your teeth is also really important to your oral health. But floss and the interdental brushes add up to the landfill pile, The Humble Brush also have a great range of eco-friendly interdental brushes. I have tried them and I like them, they do feel slightly different but the more I use them the more I like them.

shampoo bar

Shampoo is something we use every day in our house, I have to say I do try not to wash my hair daily as I don’t think it is always a good thing. I also use it sparingly, but even so each month we use at least one bottle of shampoo and one of conditioner. For a long while I have been reading about using a shampoo bar, I’m so pleased I did. I love it, it took a few goes to work out how best to use it. But I found wetting it with nice hot water and the rubbing around my hands to gather a lather I was able to then use that for my hair.

It leaves my hair really shiny and soft, I have to say I was shocked at how much I like these Shine Shampoo Bars. I think I will last a lot longer than my standard bottles of shampoo. I do feel like I might want to add some conditioner which is something Shine don’t make.

sustainable makeup

Make up is a big one for me, I do love to wear make-up and I generally buy the pricey items. However I don’t wear tones of make-up and I’m far from being the next greatest make-up artist, but I like it. When lavera offered to send me one of their eye shadow palettes I was keen to try it out. I often find that when I try out something new it just isn’t quite a good and what I would normally choose. I was wrong about this, the eye shadows are all neutral colours and are highly pigmented that you don’t need to use too much of them. They are also long lasting I’m impressed with them.

Removing make up can be a challenge, sometimes I find that I end up using 4 or 5 different cotton pads to remove it. Which over a week or a month really adds up not only in cost but in the amount of landfill we are filling. EcoPanda make fabric makeup pads which come in a bamboo pot and with a little string bag. You use them to remove make up and them pop them into the bag and wash them. They work really well, plus they wash fabulously as well. I will not be buying cotton wool pads again.

Natural World products are just amazing, I was sent these samples and they smell amazing. They are made with all natural ingredients, are paraben, phosphate free, they only thing is they come in plastic bottles. However they are cruelty free and suitable for vegans. These will be living in my overnight bag for all of my trips.

Getting personal

I have been wondering about changing my sanitary products for a while now. I don’t like the how much waste they produce and how long they will in landfill for. I had a long conversation with my sister in law on holiday, she is now using a menstrual cup and loves it. So when I was offered some modibodi period pants I was keen try them out.

I did read lots of reviews and was quite unsure about them, what if there was a smell, what if they leaked. But I didn’t need to worry, they are comfy, not odours and no leaking. I really like them, I would need to buy a couple more pairs the first outlay would be high but over a few months the money I would save on disposable items would out weigh the costs. I know they can be worn alone, with nothing else, but I think I might wear mine along side a cup if I buy one.

sustainable intimacy products

YES are a company leading the way in sustainable intimacy. I mean it might not be something I had thought about before, but they work we have had lots of fun trying them out. YES have a range of different products depending what you are looking for, organic lubricants, vaginal moisturisers and intimate washes.

Have you made swaps to more sustainable product? My next plan is to look at the what items I use in the kitchen.

 

*I have been sent products to start my sustainable living journey.*